Panui No.12 2017

Panui No.12 2017

#Cool Stories

There is always things happening in Playcentre.  Check out the stories of what's going on in other centres in our region

#Puzzle Time

Time to Plan and Budget

End of August is the end of the financial year. It's time to take a strategic look at your centre. See a guide to strategic planning here.

Once you've set your goals for the year you have to set a budget to help you achieve your goals. See this Excel tool to help you plan the financial viability of your sessions.

Contact your centre support person to help you plan and budget.

#Playcentre Awareness Week 2018

A volunteer group are working to design a Playcentre Awareness campaign for next year. We would like to hear your thoughts about what works best and your good ideas for a campaign. Please take a moment to complete this survey

Education Matters

Te Whaariki

Click here to find out more about how you can participate

We will soon commence our webinar series for an indepth look at the Te Whāriki Early Childhood Curriculum. Please find attached flyer containing more information, and link to register for the first of the series - The Full Promise of Te Whāriki.

Each of the ten webinars will be offered multiple times to allow you the choice in which session you attend. When registering, please ensure you have signed up for the correct stream you are after.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar please do not hesitate to contact or

We really look forward to connecting with you online soon.

Survey invitation -Te Whāriki website online survey

We would like to invite you to give your feedback about the website for Te Whāriki, to help us understand how effective it is as a resource for kaiako and find out about your needs for additional resources. The survey will take 10–30 minutes and is available online at

Course 2 and 3

Keep checking out the website for all the free education courses coming up, it is constantly being updated as new events are planned.  Click here to find out more.

A great way to get things happening in your centre is to host a course two block.  If your centre is considering this or to find out more, please email education team or talk to your CST.

What's on in the Wider World

Brainwave Trust Seminars

Early Years
30 August, 26 September, 17 October

9 November

1 day symposium : Professionals working with Vulnerable Children
26 September

Please visit CPA's website for additional information.

Community Notices - Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery
Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery is a 'special character' state school where all children are able to plan their learning around their personal interests, passions and needs.  This diverse and flexible approach to developing individual learning pathways allows parents to work with teachers and the student to explore all aspects of the curriculum, in a safe and supportive environment.  Our students are encouraged to be creative, innovative and take risks with their learning.

We are a school that values supportive relationships as they give us a solid foundation to nurture, guide and help our students direct their learning.  They also build a sense of belonging that strengthens each member of our learning community.

We are always looking for whanau who enjoy taking an active role in their child's education and are willing to be members of a place where learning can truly happen at any time and any place.

We run tours fortnightly on Tuesday mornings and we encourage you to visit us and feel the energy and enthusiasm for learning.

Please contact and visit our website, or call 021 801 718 to find out more.

Film Screening

Check out this link to find out more about NaturePlay film

Things to Be Getting on With

the fire drill trials are due to be completed the week of the 14th - 18th August, please complete these and send in the duration to once all drills for the week are completed.

First Aid
I am updating my file on first aid certificate expiry dates - if you receive an email regarding this please send the copy of your certificate as soon as possible. Please also ensure that a copy is displayed at your centre.

First aid qualifications must:
  • be delivered by an NZQA registered and approved first aid provider
  • cover the unit standards 6401 and 6402 - or the standards 26511 and 26552 (the later will be removed from assessment in December, 2019).
  • be issued for a period of two years
  • and a refresher must be completed every two years, maintaining the certificate as current.
  • the MoE also recommend that unit standard 6400 is considered for first aiders.

Posted: Tuesday 15 August 2017